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Copenhagen chooses Steven Holl's 'Handshake'

Steven Holl Architects selected to build harbour gateway for Danish capital

Steven Holl Architects has won an international design competition to design a new gateway for Copenhagen Harbour in Denmark. Holl’s design features two towers connected by a ‘handshake’ – a public walkway 65m above the harbour.

According to the US architect, each tower carries its own cable-stay bridge that is a public passageway between the two piers. Due to the site geometry, these bridges meet at an angle, joining like a handshake over the harbour.

The competition jury said: ‘The jury has unanimously decided to nominate Steven Holl Architects. [We noted in particular] the special importance placed on creating two buildings each adapted to the site, and the overall idea of how to connect these buildings and ensure that they form a whole across the harbour basin.

‘The project involves a sense of place which is essential for a project on this prominent site.’

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